After an overnight stay in Gainesville, we completed our two day trip from Cortez, FL to the small town of Ashburn, GA. There is really nothing of any significance in Ashburn but just outside of town is a small RV park with a decent nine hole golf course. We reserved two sites there, one for us and one for Dave and Sue (Beluga’s Excellent Adventure), right next to the first tee.
We were all set up early in the afternoon and got in a quick nine holes before Dave and Sue arrived (they drove directly here from Cortez). The next day we were up early and ready to play! OK, so it wasn’t so early, but we did tee off before noon!
Dave and Sue stayed next to us for two days. Each day after a round of golf we headed into town for a dinner at one of the local restaurants. Now Ashburn is not exactly an epicurean mecca, so the choices are a bit limited. A search in Yelp revealed a couple of local establishments, one Mexican and the other barbecue, that looked interesting. So we tried the Mexican restaurant one night and the barbecue the other. Everyone agreed that the food at the Mexican restaurant was very good, while the barbecue left a bit to be desired.
After two great days of golf and conversation, it was time for Beluga to continue the journey north. So mid-morning on Saturday we said good-bye to Dave and Sue and their two dogs as they headed out. We’ll meet up again in May when we stop at their house in New York State as we head to visit Pam’s mother.
After they left we played a quick nine holes of golf before heading in to town to look around. This is a pretty depressing little community, but we did manage to find a Dairy Queen for a quick treat. Being former teachers one of the things we like to check out is the local school facilities as we travel. We found the local high school and let’s just say we were not impressed. As we drove around the building we found the inspirational message pictured below mounted on a piece of plywood next to one of the entrances.
The sign at the main entrance, again made from unfinished plywood, was equally inspiring.
Now we know all schools want to educate and everyone wants their students to graduate. But what the heck to they mean by a goal of “vacate!” Maybe the students are constipated and it is referring to the area just beyond the large intestines.
Our next stop is a visit to our son, Kevin, in Atlanta on the 16th of the month. Since we have some extra time on our hands before then, we’ll just sit tight right here. Despite the depressed town nearby, it is a nice little park and golf course and there are some tourist spots to visit in the general area so we will stay busy.
More on that later . . .